The Messier Marathon! Test your observing skills by attempting to observe all 110 Messier objects in one night. This year we have two chances to observe: Saturday, March 5 and Saturday, April 2—a built-in rain date.
We’ll run both a TOM, The Original Marathon, and a GTM, a Go-To Marathon. If you’re interested in the M-cubed, the Messier Marathon by Memory, contact Rene at [email protected]. I’m game!
Note: The best night for 2022 is new moon March 2 when only M30 is not visible. On Saturday, March 5 only these objects are not visible: M30 (rises after sunrise) and M74 (proximity of moon). On new moon, Friday, April 1, these objects are not visible: M74, with M31, M32, and M110 (setting with the moon, in twilight, and below the treeline. A second chance occurs before dawn, rising below the eastern treeline. Saturday, April 2, these objects are not visible: M74, M77, M31, M32, and M110 (setting in the glare of the moon in twilight).